What does it involve?
Locksmiths offer a vital service providing security for homes, businesses and assets. Locksmiths are called on to secure premises and provide security advice as well as open jammed or broken locks, make replacement keys, unlock vehicles, buildings or safes and help law enforcement agencies with evictions, repossessions, search warrants and forensic investigations.
Sometimes an 8 hour day; sometimes on shift work rosters or on call. Work can include discussing clients’ security needs through to replacing lost keys or cracking a safe. Typically, you travel to the client’s location so you’re often on the move. Your clients could be private owners or law enforcement agencies depending on the company. You may also be involved in providing broader security measure advice (e.g. alarm systems).
How could I get into the industry
Locksmiths need to have knowledge of:
- master keying, key making and key cutting
- different lock types, safes and locking mechanisms
- lock repair methods and locksmith workshop equipment
- security alarm systems.
Does this sound like you?
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How much could I earn?
2 years experience
5 years experience
$50k - $75k
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